Tes­ti­mony By Scott Turow Grand Central, 485 pages, $38

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The central char­ac­ter in Scott Turow’s en­gross­ing new book is a trial lawyer with too much on his plate. Bill ten Boom is mid-50s, a lit­i­ga­tion ace in Kin­dle County, pulling in huge fees, mar­ried and the fa­ther of two grown sons. Then he junks it all in or­der to “start my life again.”

That takes Boom to the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court in The Hague where the book’s plot gets rolling in a tra­jec­tory that, through its zigs and zags, is never with­out sur­prises and thrills, both in­tel­lec­tual and phys­i­cal.

Boom’s as­sign­ment is to track the vil­lains who slaugh­tered 400 Roma in one hor­ren­dous butcher­ing dur­ing the Ser­bian-Bos­nian War and to bring the per­pe­tra­tors to trial. Turow is mas­ter­ful at telling Boom’s story, re­veal­ing that noth­ing in it, in­clud­ing the parts in­volv­ing the lawyer’s ro­man­tic in­ter­ludes, comes even re­motely close to what we readers ex­pected.

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